If you want to buy that new AC/DC (and maybe Guns N’ Roses) album, you’re going to have to shop at Walmart. [BusinessWeek & Wired]


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  1. evslin says:

    (and maybe Guns N’ Roses)

    That’s if the new Guns album is out before 2050.

  2. Gorphlog says:

    Why would anyone want to buy them from WalMart. Don’t they still sell only edited albums?

  3. TouchMyMonkey says:

    Walmart* thinks they have us classic rock fans by the short and curlies, but not this one. When I can buy it at Amazon (and somebody in the know has assured me it isn’t a shiny disk full of suck), I’ll buy it.

  4. davebg5 says:

    Yeah, that makes sense. I mean, what is an industry plagued by piracy to do? Well, of course the solution is to make it even MORE difficult for their customers to legally purchase the product. I’m sure THAT will show those pesky file sharers.


  5. MPHinPgh says:

    Looks like I’m not getting the new AC/DC CD, cuz I’m sure-as-shit not going to buy it at Walmart*. No sweat…I’ll stumble upon it elsewhere, sooner or later.

  6. BrianDaBrain says:

    @davebg5: Amen to that! The best way to stop file sharing is to convince people that

    A) the products are readily available to all consumers, and
    B) the product is actually worth paying for.

    Forget about A) because any product only sold at Wal-Mart can kiss my behind. I won’t buy it. Second, I like AC/DC and Guns ‘N’ Roses, BUT I’ve never been a fan of comeback albums that don’t include “Eagles” somewhere in the band’s name, which kinda defeats the “worth paying for” aspect, IMO.

    You know, this could be a ruse to try and get MORE people to download the music “illegally” so the RIAA has more individuals to sue. Wouldn’t that be odd?

  7. B says:

    Will the naughty words be censored the way most music sold at WalMart is? Or do they not do that anymore?

  8. Pizza_Guy says:

    Doesn’t wally world have a policy against albums with a parental advisory sticker? I know they refuse to carry certain dvd’s and magazines because their content is not suitable for the family shoppers at wal mart. Maybe they’ve decided to loosen their morals to make a buck.

  9. nffcnnr says:

    Neither of these bands has released anything worth a crap this century anyway. I’ll stick to listening to artists younger than my dad.

  10. josephbloseph says:

    @evslin: If the Chinese Democracy drops this year, everyone in america gets a Dr. Pepper. I really want that Dr. Pepper.

  11. coren says:

    So you’re saying I could make a nice profit buying them and then reselling them? Excellent.

  12. Orv says:

    @josephbloseph: Hey, it’s appropriate…Wal Mart has done more to support Chinese everything than any other retailer. ;)

  13. btr7 says:

    I’m guessing that if you are even thinking about buying the new AC/DC record, then this will not be a big deal because you already routinely shop at Wal-Mart.

  14. howie_in_az says:

    Guns’n’Roses and AC/DC’s music is made in China?

  15. snoop-blog says:

    wal-mart, small-fart! I bet they sell more this way than you’d expect…

  16. SpdRacer says:

    Actually, I have heard the new AC/DC album kicks major ass, but then why would I buy something that has been deemed safe for the precious ears of wallyworld customers? i.e. no sex, drugs, or rock and roll!

  17. darkryd says:

    Nothing says anti-establishment and Rock ‘N Roll like Wal Mart.

  18. metsarethe... says:

    and what about people without reasonable access to a walmart?

  19. ratsgnawingatmyface says:

    You can buy it on the AC/DC website as well. Which is good for those who don’t want to illegally download it. Whoever that would be.

  20. Definitively the Eagles, AC/DC and Guns N Roses aren’t selling those records at Walmart to gain some prestige.

  21. Pop Socket says:

    If I shop anywhere other than Walmart I can’t buy a new AC/DC album?


    Don’t tease me like that.

  22. Awwww, I’m crying into my hypercolor T-shirt.

  23. Swervo says:

    I guess that essentially means everyone in Los Angeles proper is basically screwed if they want to get a copy, there aren’t any Wal-Marts near downtown or the west side.

    I’d imagine New York is probably in a similar boat.

  24. ideagirl says:

    I give it 24 hours after release and some enterprising youth will be reselling them on Amazon. I would rather pay more for my AC/DC than get it at Walfart.

  25. Hongfiately says:


    I can’t wait to play Duke Nukem Forever while listening to that Chinese Democracy album. That’ll rule!

  26. allstarecho says:

    @evslin: The new GNR album (if that’s what you want to call it since the only original member in the band is Axel) has been out for a bit now thanks to it being leaked. I’ve heard the whole thing. Look for it via torrent. When you’ve had an album done for a few years and its just been sitting on the shelf, someone along the production line is bound to steal it and leak it. ;]

    And FYI, it sucks. It’s not the GNR you remember.

  27. Goatweed says:

    Chances are it’ll be on torrents before it hits a Walmart shelf.

    What I don;t understand is, if the music industry is in such “sad shape” and if sales are already down, why would a ban limit themselves to ONE retailer? I get it that WM isn;t just ANY retailer but do you mean to tell me that they think they’ll sell more just through their B&M stores than they would through all the other chains?

    Also does this mean that they won’t be available for purchase on itunes or other mp3 sites? If so that really boggles the mind.

  28. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    Didn’t Collective Soul do this with Target? OMG, that sounds like I’m defending wally world!
    Please disregard this entire comment. wallyworld is teh suck.

  29. Nick1693 says:

    @snoop-blog: The anagram of WalMart is “Trawl am” but the anagram for target is “Rat get”

  30. theblackdog says:

    If it’s an album that meets Walmart’s standards to be safe for the kiddies, it’s going to suck.

  31. badgeman46 says:

    I dont get it personally. Given the state of album sales, wouldn’t you want to avoid this scenario and offer your album for sale through as many venues as possible? I know AC/DC or Guns and roses aren’t hurting for money, and I am sure that Walmart is giving them lots of dough, but still, this makes no sense.

  32. vladthepaler says:

    If amazon has it, i’ll buy Chinese Democracy if it ever comes out. But if I have to trudge out to a Walmart, it’s easier to just download it. Sorry Axl.